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HBCU Cybersecurity Workforce Summit

  • 12 Feb 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • South Carolina State University | Orangeburg, SC

February 12, 2020

HBCU Cybersecurity Workforce Summit

South Carolina State University Auditorium

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Co-Sponsored By

South Carolina State University and Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc.

With the Support Of

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 


The purpose of the summit is to explore the need for Government/Industry/Academic collaborative Cybersecurity degree apprenticeships at Cybersecurity Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities and Research (CECOR) HBCU members.


Attendees will benefit from the takeaways as follows:

  • Lessons learned from NTIA smart community and broadband public-private partnerships
  • Motivation to act with a sense of urgency to leverage economic development opportunity and create pathways to hundreds of high wage cybersecurity jobs
  • Awareness of the cybersecurity occupations and demand locally and nationally
  • How to use NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • Understanding cybersecurity competencies needed by industry
  • Why degree apprenticeships? Return on Investment and value addition to employers
  • Federal resources available for HBCU Cybersecurity apprenticeships
  • Action plan for launching employer-led cybersecurity apprenticeship cohorts by Summer 2020 partnering with CECOR HBCU

Registration Link -

Wednesday February 12, 2020

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Breakfast and networking


Welcome and Introduction

 James E. Clark, President, South Carolina State University

 Earl Bowers, CEO, Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc.


Panel 1: NTIA’s Minority Broadband Initiative:  HBCU Cybersecurity Policy and Programs  

  Karl Cureton, National Minority Technology Council

  Dr. Michel Kornegay, Morgan State

  Dr. Kevin Kornegay, Morgan State

 Moderated by Dr. Francine Alkisswani (NTIA)



Johnathan Holifield, White House Initiative for Excellence in HBCU


Demand for IT & Cybersecurity jobs in South Carolina and neighboring states

 Will Markow, Cyberseek.Org

Break 10:30 – 10:45


Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities and Research (CECOR)

   Dr. Dave Rude, NNSA (Invited)

   David Canty, NNSA 

   Dr. Aurelia Williams, Norfolk State University


National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

   Girish Seshagiri, Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc.


Panel 2:  IT and Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Expansion – DoL Contractors

  Dr. Diana Elliott, Urban Institute

  Mark Ouellette, ICF

  Moderated by Angela McDaniel, DoL OA

Lunch 12:05 – 1:15



Return on Investment Degree apprenticeships

    Dr. Mary Alice McCarthy, New America


Panel 3: Cybersecurity Workforce Development - Employer Needs

    Heather Ricciuto, IBM

    William Littleton, NIWC Atlantic

    Moderated by Girish Seshagiri, Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc.


Industrial Base Cybersecurity Initiative (IBCI) vision and strategy for workforce development

     Dennis Miller (Y-12 National Security Complex)

Break 2:35 – 2:50


Workshop – Next Steps, Goals, Action Plan, Milestones



HBCU Cybersecurity Workforce Summit Wrap-up

The SC Cyber Association , a 501(c)(6) non-profit that provides professional development and connection opportunities in the Palmetto State.

The SC Cyber Foundation , a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides funding for cyber education in the Palmetto State.

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